For the sixth time this season the Barrie Colts and Sudbury Wolves locked horns Friday night in Sudbury, and for the sixth time in a row the Colts opened the scoring.
Barrie’s top line continued their great play early on after the trio of Scheifele, Behenna and Hall combined for nine points in last night’s 6-3 win over the Battalion.
Colin Behenna centered a pass to Mark Scheifele who had a couple of whacks at the puck before eventually beating Alain Valiquette. The Colts took an early lead on their division rival, who they trailed by just four points coming in to Friday’s game.
The Wolves would then come back and score a pair of goals to take a 2-1 lead. Andrey Kuchin made a nice pass to a streaking Kristoff Kontos who made no mistake snapping it over the shoulder of John Chartrand.
Moments later Chartrand appeared to have all of a Brody Silk shot, but the puck trickled through the goalie’s equipment leaving a tap-in for Gregory Jambrosich.
Just 49 seconds later Barrie would tie things up on a beautiful three-way passing play. Behenna gained the zone and slid a pass to Scheifele who out-waited the Sudbury defence before sliding a perfect pass to Zach Hall who tapped in his fifth goal in his last five games.
The Wolves scored five times in the second period, twice on the power play and once short-handed. Former Colt Michael Sgarbossa scored three times in the middle period, while Marcus Foligno and Eric O’Dell also scored for Sudbury.
The Wolves posted three goals in 1:42 to open up the second. Sgarbossa now has nine goals in eight games since joining the Wolves.
The teams traded goals in the third period with Hall posting his second of the game for Barrie from Steven Beyers and Dalton Prout on the power play. Kontos also posted his second of the game, beating Clint Windsor, who replaced Chartrand to start the third.
Barrie has yet to score more than three goals in all six losses to Sudbury this season. With another two points in the first period Mark Scheifele now has eight points against the Wolves this season, and is just two points out of second place in rookie scoring.
The Colts get right back in to action Saturday night on home ice against the Oshawa Generals.